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Events, gatherings and activities

Organisers of culture and sporting events must follow the rules about number of participants and social distance.

Organisers of culture and sporting events must follow the rules about number of participants and social distance.

National and local infection control measures smitteverntiltak

The Government is continuing with the third step of the plan for a gradual reopening of society.

Municipalities can introduce stricter measures locally according to the infection situation. Check your municipality's website for information on local measures.

This article describes recommendations and requirement for gatherings and events, how the risk of transmission at gatherings, events and activities can be evaluated and which measures to reduce risk are appropriate.

The advice should be considered together with the current regulations and the recommendations from the Directorate of Health. 


Nationally, there are currently no regulatory requirements or restrictions on events, but there are restrictions on events in several municipalities. All organisers must check what applies in their own municipality.

Risk-reducing measures may be relevant for organisers also in municipalities where there are no restrictions on events.

Regulated requirements

By events, the regulations refer to the following gatherings in public places or in premises and outdoor areas that are rented or borrowed, including hotels, community centres, assembly halls and conference halls:

  1. sporting events, including tournaments, cups and matches, but not organised training or training matches 
  2. cultural events, including concerts, exhibition openings, opera, ballet, theatre and cinema, but not organised training, rehearsals or exams
  3. seminars, conferences, courses, member meetings and other professional gatherings, but not meetings or gatherings that are part of ordinary work or education at school or university
  4. religious and non-religious gatherings and ceremonies, including weddings, funerals, christenings and confirmations
  5. gatherings of people carried out under the auspices of an external actor on behalf of companies and organisations
  6. private gatherings; gatherings for family, friends and acquaintances or social gatherings associated with work or school, including for example, events or ceremonies.

Employees and others come in addition to the number of participants. In addition, exceptions are given for a number of other groups that do not need to be included in the total number of people who may be present at the event, see the COVID-19 regulations for details.

Events with cohorts

When the audience or participants in the event are divided into cohorts / groups, there must always be at least two metres distance between the groups. The groups can be replaced during the event, if this is done in a careful way according to infection control measures with no contact between them. Employees and organisers can be the same for multiple cohorts.

Event with fixed designated seats

The term "fixed, designated seats" is used to regulate the number of people who may be present at an event. This means that the audience can sit on a chair, bench or similar, or in a fixed place on the floor during the entire event. 

Requirements of the organiser

A person or company must be appointed as the organiser with responsibility for the event meeting the requirements of the COVID-19 regulations. Those who are present must be informed about who is the organiser and who can be contacted with questions about infection control.

The organiser is responsible for:

  • having an overview of who is present, in order to assist the municipality in the event of subsequent contact tracing. If it is necessary to make a list of participants with contact details for this purpose, this should be deleted after 14 days. The organiser shall inform those present that an overview is being made.
  • ensuring proper implementation of infection control. This means implementing measures that help ensure that sick people do not attend and make it possible to maintain good hygiene.
  • For events with a licence to serve alcohol, alcohol must be served at the table.

Risk assessment and measures to reduce the infection risk

For larger events, the organiser should make a plan to ensure good infection control management, and carry out a risk assessment, see below. Contact the local health authorities for questions about implementation.

In the case of "open events", the organiser should, in addition to planning for the event itself, also consider the risk that the event will attract a larger number of people outside the limited area and whether this will involve a risk of transmission.

Provide information in advance that people who are sick must not attend the event. See

Keeping a distance from others where possible can prevent the transmission of respiratory tract infections. Therefore, consider the size of the room in relation to the number of participants. It is an advantage, but it is no longer a general recommendation, to be able to keep a distance of 1 metre. In rooms where people sit still during the event (e.g. at a table or in a hall), the need for space may be somewhat smaller. Singing / shouting among the audience can lead to increased droplet secretion (saliva) and thus increased risk of transmission, and this should be taken into account when the need for space is assessed. Have special focus on areas where there may be queues / congestion. The use of guards can be considered if it is necessary to ensure infection control.

The risk of transmission may be increased in rooms with poor ventilation, especially when many people are gathered. Normal levels of ventilation and normal maintenance of the ventilation system are recommended. Increasing the degree of ventilation in already well-ventilated rooms can potentially increase the risk of transmission. Where there is no mechanical ventilation, air through windows before and during the event.

The organiser should ensure good cleaning. See

There should be good capacity for hand hygiene. This is especially important at the entrance area, at toilets and at dining places. See

Tools for organisers

As an aid to the organisers, a template has been developed for risk assessment of events and a checklist to ensure that infection control measures are in place that can be downloaded here as either Word or pdf files: 

COVID-19 certificate

Municipalities may allow companies and events to use a COVID-19 certificate, cf. the covid-19 regulations §19.  Children and young people under the age of 16 are exempt from showing a COVID-19 certificate.

Further information:


03.12.2021: Updated and revised in accordance with current recommendations and rules. Revised risk assessment tool and checklist. Removed tables

06.09.2021: Updated according to the government's adjustments for stage 3 with more people allowed at events with fixed, designated seats and COVID-19 certificates, which came into effect 04.09. Updated information on distance requirements for events with a COVID-19 certificate. Linguistic changes and adjustments in accordance with current recommendations.

01.08.2021: Updated according to regulatory changes that come into effect from. 02.08.21

08.07.2021: Updated in accordance with the the government's adjustments step 3 from 8. july

21.06.2021: Updated paragraphs: Number of participants at events with cohorts and COVID-19 certificate

07.06.2021: Corrected and updated text about participating in events across municipal boundaries in accordance with the government's recommendations Removed text about trade fairs and markets in table.

02.06.2021: Removed "outdoor markets and trade fairs" under Outdoor events without fixed designated seats.

31.05.2021: From 27 May, exhibitions and temporary markets are not considered to be events. Removed text about flea markets. Updated text about alcohol serving.

27.05.2021: Updated in accordance with the government's step 2 in reopening, as well as updated the recommendation for gatherings in private homes with advice for protected people

25.03.2021: Changed according to updated national recommendations

16.04.2021: Updated according to the Government guidelines for events and gatherings from 16.04.2021

24.02.2021: New advice about licensing according to changes in regulations

23.02.2021: Specified about considering the need for guards at events

22.02.2021: Updated according to Norwegian version

03.02.2021: Moved information about organised activities for children to another article

25.01.2021: Added new, stricter measures in 25 municipalities in Eastern Norway

19.01.2021: Updated according to new guidelines for events and gatherings presented by the Government on 18.01.2021.

08.01.2021: Clarification that temporary recommendations are implemented from January 4th to January 19th

04.01.2021: Updated with new guidelines for number of people at events and private gatherings as decided by Government on 03.01.2021.  New paragraph about vaccination and implications for planning of events.

14.12.2020: Added section about congregational singing and updated text about ventilation.

23.11.2020: Updated with advice about open events, such as switching on Christmas tree lights.

16.11.2020: Corrected sentence: 600 people outdoors where the audience sits in fixed seats, divided into groups / cohorts of up to 200 people. 

13.11.2020: Updated paragraph about fixed seating.

09.11.2020: Updated article according to new, stricter measures, see specification 05.11.2020
Text updated with information about the changes that apply from 28 October (announced at government press conference 26 October)

13.10.2020: Removed the sentence: "Alcohol cannot be served after midnight and should not be consumed after 00.30 a.m." Changed from 10 to 14 days and added second sentence:  "If it is necessary to make a list of participants with contact details for this purpose, this should be deleted after 14 days. The organiser shall inform those present that an overview is being made."

12.10.2020: Updated text with changes that come into effect today, removing "from 12th October.." 

07.10.2020: General updates to text as per Norwegian version. Updated files. 

05.10.2020: Updated files under "Checklist" and "Risk assessment"

16.09.2020 Updated files under "Checklist" and "Risk assessment"

27.08.2020 Added sentence under Events, point 1 "A training match will only be considered to be an event if it has spectators."

21.08.2020 added sentence about table service when alcohol is served

17.08.2020 Added paragraph about flea markets. 

14.08.2020 Updated advice regarding changes and specifications in the COVID-19 regulations, and new paragraph about private gatherings.

10.08.2020 Added sentence about people under the age of 20 being exempt from the distance requirements during sports events within their sporting district - under "Events for up to 200 people."

16.07.2020: Added link about safe service at buffets and salad bars

26.06.2020: added section about exemption from distance for matches and competitions. Added section about food-serving venues 

18.06.2020: Updated with more details about advice about keeping a physical distance.

Information about events and summer activities for children and adolescents, plus advice about planning and risk assessment is revised and added, in addition to checklist and risk assessment for events for adults and children/adolescents under 20 years.

Added that from 15th June 2020 it is allowed to have events in public places for up to 200 people, which events this applies to and which groups are exempt from the physical distance requirements in order for the event to be performed as normal. Added that it will not be opened for events for more than 500 people before 1st September at the earliest. Removed the paragraphs "Events and summer activities of longer duration for children and adolescents", "Planning" and "Organisation."

Removed amusement parks from section about arrangements with over 500 people as per Norwegian version.

Added information about "Events and summer activities of longer duration for children and adolescents" 

Added information about planning and risk assessments.

Updated as per Norwegian version. Advice about planning and risk assessments will be translated soon.

Updated according to Directorate of Health's recommendations published on 30th April, and link to Infection Control for Music Practice. 

Updated text with new advice from Directorate of Health about events in the summer.